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New BBC Radio Manchester Editor announced

Kate Squire, Head of BBC Local Radio Development has been appointed as Managing Editor of BBC Radio Manchester.

She replaces John Ryan who is leaving the BBC at the end of March after six years with the corporation, previously in charge of BBC local radio stations in Leeds and Northampton.


Kate has worked at the BBC for more than 20 years starting out as a graduate trainee studio manager at Broadcasting House, London.

During her career, Kate has worked as a reporter in news and sport at BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio Nottingham. She presented the Breakfast Show and sport programmes at Leicester before moving into regional television, as the sports presenter at East Midlands Today. She’s worked at the Barcelona Olympics and in sport at BBC Breakfast. Kate also spent two years as one of the main news presenters of East Midlands Today.

For the last year Kate has been Head of BBC Local Radio Development taking a strategic view of BBC local radio.

Kate grew up in Sale and is a mum of three teenagers. She said: “I’m thrilled and delighted to be taking up the reins at BBC Radio Manchester.”

Aziz Rashid, Head of Region, BBC North West, said: “Kate is a highly experienced manager with a long and varied career in radio and I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Kate will start her new role at MediaCityUK in April 2012.

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